April 14, 2015

Contact: Steph Deidrick

Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Forest Lake Trail at Thousand Hills State Park April 22

Missouri State Parks will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the first phase of the Forest Lake Trail, which was recently completed at Thousand Hills State Park in Kirksville. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at the Forest Lake trailhead, located behind the restaurant.

The completed portion of the trail is six-tenths of a mile long and connects Campground 2, the Petroglyph Shelter, the swimming beach and the concession area of the park. The trail features a concrete surface and a pedestrian bridge constructed of steel and wood. The bridge has decorative petroglyph images cut from steel plates. The trail was partially funded by a Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant obtained by the Forest Lake Area Trail System, and it was constructed by Missouri State Parks crews.

The first phase of the Forest Lake Trail marks the beginning of an ambitious project to connect Thousand Hills State Park with the City of Kirksville with a dedicated walking and bicycling trail.

Thousand Hills State Park is located west of Kirksville.  For more information about the event, call the park at 660-665-6995. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.